Pastor Who Blasted Wearing Face Mask Admitted To Intensive Care With Covid-19

A conspiracy theorist pastor who dismissed the threat of coronavirus and discouraged mask wearing was admitted to intensive care with Covid-19.

Paul Van Noy announced in a message on his church website on Monday that he had suffered an extremely serious brush with coronavirus, while his wife and five other staff at his Candlelight Church in, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho were also infected.

Van Noy finally appears to grasped the seriousness of the pandemic, and wrote: ‘I am watching in prayer that there are no new cases and we can all be back together, worshipping together as called, very soon,’ he said.

Coronavirus COVID-19Throughout the pandemic, Van Noy wrote numerous Facebook posts containing false claims that masks are not effective, challenging his congregants to go against state mandates and CDC health guidelines.

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‘It has been clearly and scientifically proven that many masks do not aid in the prevention of Covid-19 transmission,’ he said. ‘We will not close down our church, we will not stop singing praises to the Lord, and we will not be required to wear masks.’

His church did close its doors for two weeks and went through deep cleaning before reopening for more in-person services on Sunday, a church coordinator Eric Reade said to the Spokesman.

Even after Van Noy and his wife’s diagnosis, the church has continued to proudly push its noncompliance with Idaho’s state mandate which forces citizens to wear masks in public places.

‘If you’re not comfortable wearing a mask, you don’t have to,’ Reade said on Wednesday. ‘Nobody is going to be criticized for whatever decision they make.’

Van Noy also advocated for his congregants to break with local health mandates as a way of excising their right to freedom.

‘We at Candlelight are exercising our freedom, and the right to allow you as members, to come into the facilities without the obligation to observe the Panhandle Health District “order,”‘ he said.

A woman said in a Facebook comment that while attending one of Van Noy’s services, ‘no one was wearing masks.’

President Donald Trump has constantly railed against the use of masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in America.

More than 200,00 Americans have died from Coronavirus.Photo Credit: Getty

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